Italy’s Conte Hits Back at Critics in EU Bailout Fund Spat

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte hit back at opponents inside and outside his government, denying that he violated lawmakers’ demands by striking a deal on reforms to the European Union’s bailout fund, Bloomberg News reported. Speaking at the lower house of parliament in Rome, Conte, a two-time prime minister, called accusations that he didn’t keep lawmakers up to date on the reform process “completely false.” The premier, who heads an uneasy coalition of the pro-Europe Democratic Party and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, said “all members of the previous government were fully aware about what was discussed at European Union level” when the agreement was struck in June. Read more